University of Georgia student-athletes from seven different sports teams will travel to F.L. Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 11 as part of the “UGA Day — Learn, Play, Excel” initiative.
Twenty-seven student-athletes will be in attendance at the event, which runs from 10-11 a.m., and several will speak to the school’s students about the importance of education and college attendance, respecting authority, anti-bullying, perseverance and the pursuit of their dreams.
They will distribute Georgia bags, t-shirts, posters and other items to the students.
Also attending the event will be Deputy Director of Athletics Carla Williams.
Most of the UGA student-athletes participating in Learn, Play, Excel are members of the Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program. Created in 2010, L.E.A.D. inductees are chosen based on academic and athletic success, leadership, campus and community service involvement and recommendations of head coaches and academic counselors.
This marks the sixth-consecutive year that Georgia has partnered with an Atlanta-area school to share the message. “UGA Day — Learn, Play, Excel” was first held at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia in 2011. Georgia has also visited Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary in East Point (2012), Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta (2013), Berta Weathersbee Elementary in LaGrange (2014), and D.H. Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta (2015).
The following UGA student-athletes will be in attendance on Wednesday:
Women’s Basketball: Marjorie Butler
Football: Jeb Blazevich, Juwan Briscoe, Reggie Carter, Kirby Choates, Aaron Davis, Jordan Davis, Reggie Davis, Terry Godwin, Daquan Hawkins, Quincy Mauger, Isaiah McKenzie, Natrez Patrick, Ryne Rankin, Jayson Stanley, and Reggie Wilkerson
Gymnastics: Mary Beth Box and Anysia Unick
Soccer: Summer Burnett and Kelsey Nix
Softball: Niaja Griffin
Men’s Swimming and Diving: Nick Salyers, Ty Stewart, and Aiden Sweeney
Volleyball: Amanda Dachs, Elle McCord, and Lauren Teknipp